Role of Microfinance Programs in Promoting Financial Inclusion: Findings from Field Studies in India and Pakistan

The seminar will present findings on two recent research studies in India and Pakistan on the contribution of microfinance programs to financial inclusion goals. Using a framework based on the financial inclusion literature, primary data was collected on programs in the two countries. The graduation of group microcredit members to individual loans was also examined as it could be an important step toward long-term access to financial services. Policy implications arising from the findings will also be presented.

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